Unofficial results for new Juneau mayor are in
The Juneau special election unofficial results are in, and Ken Koelsch is set to be the next mayor.
The Juneau Assembly decided to hold the special election after the sudden death of former Mayor Greg Fisk, who died in his home in November, about a month after being elected to office. Less than 25 percent of Juneau voters turned out for the election, giving Koelsch just over 3,500 votes, or roughly 58 percent.
Koelsch has served on the Assembly and as the Juneau deputy mayor. He later worked as the Port Director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security before deciding to run for mayor.
“Our family is like many in Juneau — we’ve raised our children, seen the community grow and improve, lived through the ups and downs of our economy, and we all want the best for the generations who will follow us,” he said on his website. “I have much more to give back to this community that Marian and I love, and I’m ready to do it.”
Koelsch ran against Karen Crane, who is also a former Juneau Assembly member.
Assembly member Mary Becker stepped up as interim mayor after Fisk’s death. Her seat was briefly filled by Barbara Sheinberg, who was appointed to the seat by the Assembly.